Rally Japan - 2nd Day - 2nd Loop: Evans heads a three-car battle overnight

At the end of the second day, Elfyn Evans has a small advantage over Thierry Neuville in Japan with Kalle Rovanpera following them.

Elfyn Evans remains in top and increased his gap from the second Thierry Neuville at three seconds as he was the fastest driver in Stage 5.

Thierry Neuville dropped to second overall on the afternoon loop and his position is in danger by Kalle Rovanpera who is 2,1 seconds behind the Hyundai driver.

The 2022 WRC Champion set the fastest time in Stage 6 and was faster for 2,2 seconds than Neuville there.

Ott Tanak is still fourth and his mechanics fixed the transmission issue of his car which appeared during Stage 4. However, he said at the end of Stage 5 that he was struggling with the balance of his i20N while he lost the hybrid power in SS6.

Takamoto Katsuta completes the top five and is behind Tanak for 6,7 seconds.

Gus Greensmith is currently the best M-Sport Ford driver after Craig Breen's retirement in Stage 4. He remains sixth overall and said that his pacenotes were wrong for SS6.

Stage 7 was cancelled by the organizers of Rally Japan due to the fact that there was a barrier damage which was caused by Breen's crash on the opening run.

Sebastien Ogier climbed to tenth place overall at the end of SS6, but he dropped 6,2 seconds on the final stage of the day as he clipped a barrier. From this incident, there was some superficial to the right-hand side of the car.

Watch below the stage times:

Watch the overall classification after SS7:

Photo Credits: Toyota

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